News at the University of New Brunswick

UNB showcases items to be placed in 50-year time capsule

Author: Communications

Posted on May 16, 2017

Category: UNB Fredericton

Terry Haggerty

The University of New Brunswick is showcasing items today, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that will soon be sealed in a time capsule to be opened in 50 years.

To celebrate the new kinesiology building project currently underway on UNB’s Fredericton campus and to commemorate the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium – home of UNB’s faculty of kinesiology for nearly 60 years – the university is placing a time capsule in the cornerstone of the new building this fall.

Today from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., members of the community are welcome to view the items that will be placed in the time capsule on display in the Lady Beaverbrook main gym.

“We received a lot of feedback when we asked our students, faculty, staff and alumni what they would like to see go into a time capsule,” said Jenna Kennedy, strategic engagement officer with UNB’s alumni office. “As a kinesiology graduate myself, it’s been really great to see some of the items UNB alumni have held on to over the years and have offered to give us as part of this project.”

Examples of the dozens of items going into the time capsule include a hand-crafted pencil from a former kinesiology dean, a Fitbit, the UCard of UNB’s 2017 Student Union president, and a 3-D printed whistle created by engineering students.

After today’s showing, the items will be sealed in the stainless-steel time capsule to be placed in the building this fall during UNB’s Homecoming Weekend. The capsule will be marked with a commemorative plaque indicating that it is to be reopened in 2067, Canada’s 200th birthday.

For more information about UNB’s time capsule, e-mail

Media contact: Natasha Ashfield

Photo: Former UNB dean of kinesiology Dr. Terry Haggerty offered to hand-craft a pen from trees that were removed on the new kinesiology building’s construction site. The pen will be placed in UNB’s time capsule to be reopened in 50 years. Rob Blanchard / Photo UNB.